Here are the upcoming events in terms of the ASD Journal Club series:

    13. April (Friday, 9-11 am Seminar Room Jentower Level 18)

    Prof. Sven Bölte “Soziales Fertigkeitentraining und dazugehörige personalisierte Ansätze”

    S. Bölte_Soziales Fertigkeitentraining und dazugehörige personalisierte Ansätze

    & Dr. Dana Schneider “Differentiating early and late electrophysiological markers of empathy in individuals with high and low autistic traits”

    17. April (Tuesday, 2-4 pm, Seminar Room, Am Steiger 3, Haus 1)

    Dr. Schelinski, Max-Plank-Institute Leipzig, “Voice Perception in Autism”

    04. May (Friday, 9-11 am Seminar Room Jentower Level 18)

    Dr. Stella Färber; Prof. Stefan Schweinberger “Neurofeedback and Autism”

    Study investigating social processing in individuals with Autism-Spectrum-Disorder

    Dear ladies and gentlemen,

    Within our research group we are still looking for participants for a study that aims at investigating social processing in individuals with Autism-Spectrum-Disorder (ASD).

    If you are German speaking, at least 18 years old and diagnosed with ASD, we cordially invite you to take part in this study.

    In case you are interested or know someone who might fulfill the criteria for this study, please contact us via mail ( or via telephone (+49 (0)3641 945 941).

    Best regards

    Your SPA-Team

    In April 2018, the autism clinic Jena will be opened.

    There will be various presentations on the topic, taking place in the clinic of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of Jena University Hospital.


    Talks held:

    Prof. Sven Bölte:S. Bölte_ Ist Autismus heilbar

    Dr. Katja Albertowski: K. Albertowski_ KJP Autismusambulanz Dresden

    M.A. Thomas Eiweleit-Heise: T. Eiweleit-Heise_ Grundarbeitsfähigkeiten und berufliche Orientierung bei ASS

    There will be various presentations and workshops on the 17th of March in 2018 to inform parents about autism.

    For those interested in the presentations:

    Prof. Stefan Schweinberger

    Autismus besser verstehen- Geschichte, Status Quo, Soziale Potentiale

    Dr. Dana Schneider

    SPA_Zwischenbericht der Ergebnisse

    B.Sc. Senta Kiermeier

    Autismus-Spektrum-Störung_Diagnostischer Forschungsstand

    One of our research participants recently released a book about living with autism: “Auf dem Weg zu mir selbst — Innenansichten eines Menschen mit Autismus” written by Birger Höhn (ISBN: 978-3-943377-74-3)

    The ReAttach Foundation is holding their annual conference, see link here:

    ReAttach Foundation serves as an international platform of innovation and co-creation in the field of Mental Health.


    A recently published article and a book chapter which will be available soon by our group:

    Skuk, V.G., Palermo, R., Broemer, L., & Schweinberger, S. R. (2017). Autistic Traits are Linked to Individual Differences in Familiar Voice Identification. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 1-21. doi:10.1007/s10803-017-3039-y

    Schneider, D., Glaser, M., & Senju, A. (2017). Autism Spectrum Disorder. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. Springer International Publishing AG. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_2092-1



    Great news. We are now also on facebook!!! Come and join the discussion on autism by researchers and individuals with ASD for mid-Germany.


    Welcome to Patrick Jahn, who joins us as an intern in July. Patrick is affected with the Autism Spectrum Disorder. We look forward to working with him!


    Report from the lab- Early Intervention and Counseling Center at the Pedagogic Center of Schleiz

    Great news!

    Our very own Mrs. Kühn just published a report on the practical use of the early intervention techniques TEACCH and PECS in the ISSBD BULLETIN.

    In case you are interested the article can be found here.

    9th Annual Conference of the Society for Research in Autism Spectrum Conditions

    Dear ladies and gentlemen,

    We would like to inform you that the 9th Annual Conference of the Society for Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders will take place 10/11 March 2016 in Freiburg. The conference’s focus will be on therapeutic methods – a topic of practical relevance. In addition to the presentation and discussion of current Autism-related research the conference allows for a panel discussion regarding the early treatment of Autism. On top of that the Weber-Bosch prize for young scientists within Autism research is going to be awarded. (The prize our very own Dana Schneider won this year.)

    Requests and inquiries of all kinds can be made via mail:

    Further information can be found here.


    Best regards,

    Your SPA-Team

    Annual parental information day on autism and aided communication

    Saturday,  09.05.2015  between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at:

    Pädagogisches Zentrum Schleiz
    Frühförder- und Beratungszentrum
    Hofer Straße 16 A
    07907 Schleiz

    Talk Prof. Stefan R. Schweinberger: Autismus besser verstehen

    PhD Scholarship provided by WGAS

    PhD Scholarship provided by WGAS

    Dear ladies and gentlemen,

    we would like to alert you to the advertisement of a PhD scholarship provided by the Irene foundation. Applications are open until 28.02.2015. Preferred are research proposals concerning low-functioning autism in adults. However, research proposals with a focus on low-functioning autism in children or high-functioning autism are also welcome.

    Further information are provided on the WGAS- webpage.

    If you are interested to conduct your work with any of our research partners, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

    Best Regards,

    Your SPA-Team

    Great news, Dr. Dana Schneider wins the Weber-Bosch award 2015 from the Society for Research in Autism Spectrum Conditions, Germany.

    Inaugural Event

    An inaugural event will take place on Friday 12. December 2014 between 10am and 1pm at the Rosensäale, Fürstengraben 27, Friedrich-Schiller University Jena.


    10:00 Welcome address by Professor S.R. Schweinberger, Professor for General Psychology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

    10:10 Opening remarks by Mr. Marcus Barth, Commissioner for Disabilities, Jena (tbc)

    10:20 Dr. D. Schulze-Henning: Current diagnostic criteria and standards in the Autism Spectrum Disorder

    10:30 Ms. G. Kühn, Early Education and Advisory Centre Jena/ Education Centre Schleiz: Intervention, training and support for Autism provided by the Early Education and Advisory Centre Jena

    10.50 PD Dr. L. Poustka, Central Institute for Mental Health, Mannheim:  Autism research in children and adolescents

    11:25 Dr. D. Schneider, Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena: Spontanous use of social signals in adults with autism

    11:45 Questions and discussion (Convened by Prof. S.R. Schweinberger)

    12:00  Welcome reception


    13:00 Tour of the laboratories within the JenTower, 18th floor

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